Georgia Southern fraternities placed on interim suspension pending investigation

Matthew Enfinger

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Two Georgia Southern University fraternities located on Greek Row have been placed on interim suspension pending investigation.

Jennifer Wise, director of communications, confirmed that fraternities Kappa Sigma and Delta Tau Delta were placed on interim suspension, however, the cause for investigation was not made available.

“Georgia Southern University has placed the fraternities on interim suspension pending a full investigation,” Wise said. “The safety of our students is our highest priority and we do not tolerate unsafe practices and behaviors that jeopardize our students’ well-being.”

Below is an excerpt for GS’ Student Code of Conduct that defines interim suspension:

“In certain circumstances, the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students or designee, in consultation with the System Director for the University System of Georgia, may impose a University or Residence Hall suspension prior to a hearing.

During an interim suspension, students may be denied access to the Residence Halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the Student might otherwise be eligible, as the Student Conduct Officer may determine to be appropriate. The Student will be responsible for working with Faculty Members to make-up any missed work (if possible).

An interim suspension should only occur where necessary to maintain safety and should be limited to those situations where the respondent poses a serious and immediate danger or threat to persons or property. In making such an assessment, the University should consider the existence of a significant risk to the health or safety of the alleged victim or the campus community; the nature, duration, and severity of the risk; the probability of potential injury; and whether less restrictive means can be used to significantly mitigate the risk.

If an interim suspension is imposed, the notice and hearing should follow within ten (10) Days.”

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and both Presidents of Kappa Sigma and Delta Tau Delta were reached for comment but have not replied.

The George-Anne has requested documents from GS related to the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act and will update this article as more information becomes available.

Matthew Enfinger, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]